Ballot Issue 7 was filed by Anthony Varriana, head of the new organization Cycling for a Sensible Drug Policy, which is promoting the effort.
If placed on the ballot and passed into law, the initiative would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis, in addition to legalizing cannabis retail outlets.
Once given approval by the Secretary of State, the group will be allowed to begin gathering signatures in attempt to place the measure on the November, 2016 ballot.
“We can wait around for the Montana state legislature to get nothing done, again, or we can take into our own hands”, says Varriano, calling cannabis prohibition “ridiculous and draconian”.
Varriano has planned a 1,600-mile, 43-county trip to raise support for the issue, and to gather signatures.